by Betsy Brown Braun on Sep.28, 2015, under Behavior, Parent modeling, Parenting, Communication, Environmental influences, Peers, Brat-Proofing, Expectations, Child development, Adolescents, Public Behavior
:right age for dyeing your hair. right age for body pierces, right age for ear piercing, right age for cell phones, righ tage for sleepovers, right age for Facebook, right age for Instagram, right age for Twitter, right age for Kik, rightage for Snapchat, telilng kids that Santa is pretend, telling kids the Tooth Fairy isn't real, telling kids the Easter Bunny is pretend, right age for a sleep over, home alone, walking to school alone, shaving legs, kids using a razor, kids piercing ears, body pierces, tattoos, right age for a tattoo, kids and make-up, right age for wearing make up, right age to stay home alone, right age to shave legs, right age to shave arm pits, cell phones for kids
Knowing when is the “right age” to give permissions and allow age related activities challenges all parents, especially with that first born child. After all, it is often the parent’s first experience not only with a child of that age, but certainly with YOUR child of that... Read more...
by Betsy Brown Braun on Dec.18, 2014, under Parenting, Communication, Brat-Proofing, Character traits, Expectations, Toddlers, Holidays
:Spoiled kids, overprivileged kids, greedy kids, holiday gimmes, Christmas gifts, Chanukah gifts
Sugar Plum fairies and fa la la la la are not the only things that come with the winter holidays. So does a parent’s worst fear that she has raised the spoiled child she swore she would never have. At no other time of year do the... Read more...
by Betsy Brown Braun on Dec.02, 2014, under Parenting, Brat-Proofing, Toddlers, Holidays, Public Behavior, Sensitive Topics
:birthday parties, birthday favors, birthday goodie bags, birthday gifts, toddlers' birthdays, birthday events, birthday celebrations, birthday ideas, party ideas
"Amanda is 2!" read the banner draped over the entrance to our neighborhood park. And that was just the beginning. A cooking area complete with printed aprons (“Amanda’s 2nd Birthday”) and chef's hats for each child, a craft area with three different creation stations, a pony ride... Read more...
by Betsy Brown Braun on Aug.13, 2014, under Behavior, Parenting, Communication, School, Brat-Proofing, Expectations, Adolescents, Transitions, Elementary School Children
:Back to school, School transitions, starting school, school after summer, unexpected behavior, regressive behavior, regressions
Summer time, and the livin’ is easy, as the song goes.
And there it went! There can be a whole lot more to starting school than starting school. Whether a child is beginning preschool, third grade, middle or high school, after a long summer or just an... Read more...
by Betsy Brown Braun on Mar.17, 2014, under Behavior, Parent modeling, Parenting, Communication, Brat-Proofing, Expectations, Child development, Adolescents, Elementary School Children
:It'snot fair; That's not fair; Fairness; What does fair mean?; Treating children the same; Treating children equally; Treating siblings equally; Delaying gratification; Tolerating disappointment
“It’s not fair!” Can’t you just hear the whiney tone that delivers that exclamation? I’ve yet to meet a parent whose child hasn’t at some point or other protested “That’s not faaaiiiiiirrrr?” (Note the drawn out faaaiiiirrrr, added for extra impact on you, the parent.)
As common and... Read more...
by Betsy Brown Braun on Feb.10, 2014, under Behavior, Parent modeling, Parenting, Communication, Environmental influences, Relationships, Brat-Proofing, Character traits, Expectations, Toddlers, Child development, Adolescents, Elementary School Children
:Empathy, Cultivating Empathy; teaching children empathy; moeding empathy; Expressing emapthy; children and empathy, Children and older people, taking children to rest homes, Children and rest homes
Cultivating empathy is a hot topic in the parenting world. Current research has demonstrated that children under a year not only have the capacity for empathy but actually exhibit empathy. (Regarding infants: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-athletes-way/201306/empathy-appears-in-infancy-varies-age-and-gender Regarding toddlers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lX6krHsZA_w .)
But parents, usually not educated to recognize and encourage this trait... Read more...
by Betsy Brown Braun on Jul.22, 2013, under Behavior, Parent modeling, Parenting, Environmental influences, Learning, Brat-Proofing, Expectations, Toddlers, Child development, Public Behavior
:Public Behavior, Lousy Local Conditions, Kids eating out, Kids in restaurants, Kids behaving in restaurants, Kids learning to eat at restaurants, Restaurant behavior, Behaving in a restraurant, Restaurant expectations
Kids in Restaurants, Part 2:
Lousy Local Conditions
On Friday I lunched with a colleague at a “grown up” restaurant. The atmosphere was quiet and refined. Seated right next to us was a family of three—mother, father, and, in-between them, their adorable 18 month old child. We wouldn’t even... Read more...
by Betsy Brown Braun on Jul.17, 2013, under Behavior, Parent modeling, Parenting, Communication, Environmental influences, Brat-Proofing, Expectations, Discipline, Toddlers, Child development, Public Behavior
:kids in restaurants; restaurant behavior; taking children to restaurants; misbehaving in restaurants; expectations for restaurants; public behavior; eating out;; taking kids to eat out; families at re
Our dinner at a local sushi restaurant was a bit earlier than we usually dine. So I casually mentioned to my husband that we might overlap “family time” at the eatery. But we decided that it wouldn’t be a problem; we both love kids. Little did we... Read more...
by Betsy Brown Braun on Jan.07, 2013, under Behavior, Communication, Brat-Proofing, Toddlers, Child development, Adolescents, Elementary School Children
:Kids who ask why?; Why; Reasoning with kids; How to answer Why?;, The meaning of why?; battles with kids;
You tell your child it’s time for bed. Instead of the pitter patter of feet running up the stairs, you get “Whyyyyyyy?” All parents have heard it. The funny thing is, you know your child isn’t really looking for an answer. “Well, dear, your body needs sleep... Read more...
by Betsy Brown Braun on Jul.25, 2012, under Parenting, Communication, Environmental influences, Learning, Brat-Proofing, Character traits, Expectations, Child development, Adolescents, Elementary School Children
:Olympics, Parenting advice, Watching Olympics on TV, Summer Olympics 2012, How Much TV Kids Can Watch, Lessons From Sports, Olympic Lessons, Family & Technology, Screentime, Tv Rules, Watching TV With Kids
Olympic fever is starting to rise, and here is the good news: There are enough benefits to watching the Olympics as a family that you can throw your standard TV rules out the window. Beyond sheer entertainment, there’s much to be learned by watching the games on... Read more...
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